Today I want chat with you about how much water you really need to drink to stay hydrated AND offer you 8 of my simple how-to tips for drinking more water every day!
Keeping hydrated is crucial for health and well-being, but many people do not consume enough fluids. Water is the fluid that lubricates our systems and keeps us healthy and vibrant.
Think of a riverbed in a drought when it’s all dried up and cracking, where the water is so sparse that there’s no life in it.
Now compare your body to that riverbed and imagine what you are doing to it by not staying hydrated with enough water. Yup, soon enough it too will dry up, crack up and become uninhabitable.
So before you get to that sad state, let’s talk about how you will know if you’re not drinking enough good old H2O!
How to recognize signs of dehydration?
The usual side effects of dehydration are dry mouth and thirst. And you can also look out for other signs of mild to severe dehydration (in that order) such as:
● Low energy, fatigue and loss of muscle strength and endurance
● Hunger (oftentimes can mean you are just really thirsty)
● Headaches and decrease in memory and brain function
● Decrease or no output of urine or urine that is dark, strong smelling or burning
● Low blood pressure
● Tachycardia or rapid heart rate
How to increase your daily water consumption
Increasing your daily water consumption isn't hard. Try these 8 tips:
Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning. Add some lemon for a nice little daily liver cleanse too!
Keep a pitcher filled with filtered water for you to drink throughout the day in your fridge at home or on your desk at work
Drink 8 oz of water before exercise
Sip small amounts of water from your water bottle during exercise
Keep glass bottles of water in your car, at the office, by your bed
Add slices of fresh lemon, orange, cucumber, or strawberry to your water or fresh mint
Add Emergen-C to sparkling water for a fun twist on taste, or try iced herbal teas throughout the day
Put hair elastics around your water bottle and remove one every time you have refilled it to ensure you're meeting your recommended daily intake
I always recommend 3 litres a day to my clients, especially those that are active and exercise vigorously.
Drink up! xo